Kissing the Canvas to Victory ...
Twelve pugilists showed up for the 2001 WBC Title Bout
heavyweight tournament. While the field lacked quantity it had
quality as the reigning champion and three other former champs
were on hand.
The first round saw four bouts. Rocky Marciano (Chris Bauch)
defeated Jim Jefferies (Mike Pranno), Sonny Liston (Stuart Tucker)
KO'd Sam Langford (Dennis Menear), and Joe Frazier (Johnathon
Lockwood) KO'd Mike Tyson (Chris Palermo) and in the fight of
the round Jack Johnson (Derek Landell) was able to earn a majority
decision over Gene Tunney winning one judge by a single point.
The quarterfinals saw the action pick up as the four champs
advanced from their bye slots. First Johnson defeated Joe Jeanette
who was managed by defending champion Bruno Passacatando. Next
Peter Jackson (Terry Coleman) was able to beat Marciano by TKO
at 2:59 in the 8th round. One more second and the fight goes
to the judges, where the fight was considered a tossup. The third
fight of the quarters saw Jack Dempsey (Jim Bell) pound Frazier
all over the ring. At the end of the third round the referee
stepped in and stopped the carnage as Dempsey went on. The last
fight saw Bob Fitzsimmons (Dennis Nicholson) go up against Liston.
Liston came out looking to make short work of the fight going
for a quick KO. After the 3rd round. Fitzsimmons saw what Liston's
strategy was and waited for his opening. Early in the 4th Liston
lunged in for the kill. Fitzsimmons stepped out of the way and
countered with a straight right. A 10 count later Liston was
out and Fitzsimmons was moving on to the semi-finals.
The first semi-final saw Jack Dempsey and Peter Jackson go
at it. With Dempsey involved you would think that a fighter would
be pummeled into submission and there was, but not the one you
would think. Jackson came out firing and didn't stop. Halfway
through the second round the ref stepped in to prevent any more
damage to Dempsey as Jackson advanced to the final.
The other semi-final was the fight of the tournament. Going
in, Jack Johnson was a heavy favorite over Bob Fitzsimmons. The
only thing in Fitzsimmons' favor was that the fight was in London
and he had the hometown crowd behind him. Fitzsimmons won the
first round, but the next five were about even. Then in the seventh
Johnson pounded Fitzsimmons - getting a standing 8 count as the
bell rung. Johnson looked cocky after the round was over, thinking
he had the fight won. Was he surprised when in the next round
Fitzsimmons knocked him down! Johnson bearly got to his feet
at 9 and held on for the rest of the round. Fitzsimmons took
the last round as well. The crowd was hushed as the judges added
up their scores and the decision was announced. Judge #1 saw
it 75-74 Johnson, the referee saw it 76-75 Fitzsimmons, and Judge
#2 saw it 76-75 for the winner Jack Johnson! It was a great fight.
The final saw Jack Johnson vs. Peter Jackson go for the title.
Johnson won the first round and it looked like he had come to
fight. But that was the last round that he would take as Jackson
dominated the rest of the fight. Finally at 2:28 of the ninth,
the referee stopped it. Peter Jackson was the 2001 Title Bout
Congratulations to Terry Coleman for winning his secnd Title
Bout championship. All he did in winning the tournament was
beat the three highest rated boxers: Marciano, Dempsey, and Johnson.
I would also like to thank my two assistants, Terry Coleman and
John Ellman, for their help.